So what do you give your husband on his 52nd birthday? It's not easy. Especially as I've asked him what he wants every week since Christmas and all he ever says is "Oh I don't know. It's too far away to think about that now."
Well inevitably the date got closer but he didn't change his reply. Perhaps a new calendar would have been appropriate. The only suggestion he has given is a kayak. We have a river near here and I must admit kayaking down the river is lovely. Coming back up again is another matter! Anyway, we can hire kayaks not too far away and given the price of one we can probably hire several!
So, obviously, I bought him an egg incubator. He loves the chickens, we have a cockerel, it just seemed obvious. And it was original. (I might add there are other presents coming but Amazon has let me down for the first time ever.)
We celebrated his birthday the evening before so that Granny and Mrs G could be with us. He was given two kiwi plants by Mrs G - a male and a female as you need a pair to produce fruit; what else from a gynae! - and a wonderful book from Granny. Oldest son gave him a very smart tennis bag as he's in the village team this year and it looks better than a supermarket bag. Youngest son's present hasn't arrived yet and middle son is away. That just left mine which he kept until last. There were the usual comments about my wrapping paper - old newspapers as I prefer to spend the extra two quid on the present and not on the paper - and then as he carefully unwrapped it a silence followed by "What on earth has she bought me now?" General laughter and then a conversation explaining the facts of chicken life to Granny who couldn't quite work out how we knew if the eggs would be fertilised or not - over to Mrs G who has more experience than us at explaining these things...even to octogenarians!
But the best remark came as we went up to bed. "Thank you darling for my incubator. It's just what I've always wanted!"
I will let you know how we get on with our first batch of home grown chickens. He is actually quite excited now - I mean, he can kayak down the river at any time can't he?